Union to host alternate day Heart Walk

As the population of the United States ages, heart disease, already the nation's number one killer, will affect more people. The American Heart Association is working to combat this growing crisis with a 10-year strategic goal of reducing coronary heart disease, stroke and risk by 25 percent in 2010. The annual Heart Walk is one small way to help raise funds and show solidarity with the fight against heart disease.

On May 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Lincoln residents will join Union College students, faculty and staff for the annual alternate Heart Walk day sponsored by the American Heart Association, an opportunity for those who cannot participate on Saturday to show their support. While Wednesday marks the 10th year Union has hosted the alternative walk date, this is the first year that Union students have spearheaded the fundraising and awareness campaign leading up to the event.

Students taking Institutional Development, a class about fundraising for nonprofit organizations, put their newly acquired skills to the test under the guidance of course director and Vice President for Advancement LuAnn Davis. The students split into groups and chose local audiences to approach for donations. Students raised funds through events, including a “Kiss the Goat” contest at College View Academy, activities at area elementary schools, and a race between faculty and administrators at Union College.

Nancy Petta, professor and program director for Health and Human Performance, worked with her students taking Wellness Methods, Materials and Management to transform coursework into real-world experience as well. The health-focused students raised awareness at Union College and in the surrounding community about the alternate Heart Walk date.

On May 13, the two classes will be able to enjoy the success of their efforts as walkers begin the one-mile walk around campus between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., rain or shine.

The Heart Walk is a simple way to raise funds and show solidarity with the fight against heart disease, America’s number one killer. Donations to the American Heart Association are welcome but not required. Light snacks will be provided following the 15-20 minute walk. To participate, meet under the clock tower at the center of the Union College campus (3800 South 48th St.).